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Book Stores – Industry Research, Analysis, Statistics, and Forecasts

SIC 5942  |  NAICS 451211

This free online guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Book Stores  (view report)
Book, Magazine & Newspaper Distributors  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Publishers Weekly
Bookselling News

Online news channel features news and information for retail bookstores from the Publishers Weekly news magazine, with topics covered in this section including industry trends and developments, print and digital sales trends, weekly bestseller rankings, industry stock performance, and bookstore news and profiles. Selected articles from current and prior issues of the magazine are available free online.

American Booksellers Association
Resources available from this trade association include:

Bookselling This Week
Weekly e-newsletter features news and information for independent bookstores, with news coverage including events and trends affecting the bookseller marketplace and monthly updates on retail sales trends from the U.S. Census Bureau Retail Trade Survey. Articles from current and previous editions of the e-newsletter can be viewed free online, with free e-mail subscription available with registration.

Industry Statistics
Statistics section provides information on retail bookstore sales trends from the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources, with monthly retail sales updates from the U.S. Census Bureau including sales of all types of participating bookstores (e.g., trade, college, religious, chain store, other) for which sales of new books and periodicals comprised more than fifty percent of total product sales in these stores.

ABA Education Curriculum
Education curriculum section includes articles, guides, and other resources covering a wide range of topics including business management, store operations, product merchandising, genre-specific and used books, children's bookselling, selling gifts items, sales and marketing, accounting and finances, social media, and technology. Resources included in this section are available to ABA members only.

The NPD Group, Inc.
NPD Bookscan

Retail tracking service covers about eighty-five percent of U.S. print book sales, with transaction data collected by means of point-of-sale systems used by major book retailers, mass merchandisers, and independent bookstores. Data available to subscribers includes total sales by category, format, DMA, and publisher as well as ISBN-level data by BISAC, category, publisher, format, title, author, or ISBN.

Bookstat LLC
Bookstat Data Service

Subscription data service tracks e-book, online print, and digital audiobook sales at the retail point of sale for all major online retailers, with sales data searchable by publisher, genre, author, title, BISAC, ISBN, and ASIN and analyzable by retail price point, publisher type, discount offered, and other user defined criteria. Contact vendor for more information and a live demonstration of the data dashboard.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Book Stores  Search for "451211" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Book Stores  Search for "451211" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Book Stores
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial ratios provided for the each of the four most recent calendar years and on a historical average basis for 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet with breakdowns by asset size can be viewed free online.

American Booksellers Association
ABACUS Financial Benchmarking Report / abacus-news

Annual financial report provides participating members with a full ABACUS benchmarking report that includes comparative financial ratios, operations data, and profile information, a customized business  performance report, and online reporting tools which allow users to compare their firm's performance with other similar bookstores and track their firm's performance over time against the industry results.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Book Stores and News Dealers

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for occupational categories employed by retail establishments that sell a broad range of trade books, textbooks, magazines, newspapers, religious goods (e.g., gifts, books, Bibles, wall art, statuary) and other merchandise (e.g., CDs, e-readers, greeting cards, clothing, stationery products, snack foods).

PayScale, Inc.
Book Store

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as retail store manager, assistant store manager, cafe manager, sales associate, bookseller, barista, and cashier, with employers for which salary or hourly wage compensation data is provided including Barnes & Noble, Inc., Barnes & Noble Education, Inc., Books-A-Million, Inc., and Powell's Books, Inc.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for public and private company sales transactions by SIC or NAICS Code. These databases provide detailed information for sales transactions including sales price and terms, purchase price allocation, target financial data, and deal-derived valuation multiples. Sample reports can be viewed free online.

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Related Industries:
Book Publishers
College Stores and Bookstores
Magazine Publishers
Newspaper Publishers


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